IN LOVING MEMORY OF
AGHAVRIN HOUSE, COACHFORD
WHO DIED 18TH DECEMBER 1965
IN HER 66TH YEAR
AND OF HER BELOVED HUSBAND
BRIGADIER MICHAEL JOHN CAHILL O.B.E. K.C.H.S.
WHO JOINED HER IN HIS 78TH YEAR ON 1ST DECEMBER 1968
The initials 'O.B.E.' stand for Order of the British Empire. The initials 'K.C.H.S' stand for Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Catholic chivalric order.
BRIGADIER MICHAEL JOHN CAHILL, O.B.E. and his wife Joan Cahill, who was from Golden, Co. Tipperary, joined the army as a member of the Southern Irish Horse, and was in the coronation procession of King George V. Cahill served in both wars in the Service Corps, an unglamorous but vital component of any army. During WW1 he served at Gallipoli and in Egypt and Palestine. He held, and was extremely proud of, the title Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre, a Papal distinction bestowed on him by Pope Pius XI for service in Palestine after WW1. In WW2 he was involved in the Dunkirk rescue, and served with the 8th Army in the Desert against Rommel and subsequently in the Italian campaign against the stubborn resistance of the Germans. After the war he served in occupied Germany (as part of the Allied Control Commission) and in India. There is an extensive file in the National Archives in Kew about his service in Italy and North Africa during WW2. His wife was Joan Melland, daughter of a Lancashire merchant, and her aunt, Helen Melland, was the first wife (died of cancer) of the U.K. Prime Minister Herbert Asquith. The Cahills retired to Coachford, living in Aghavrin House and subsequently at Oakgrove, Killinardrish. A well known cattle breeder, he served on the Munster Agricultural Show Committee. (Source: ACR Heritage).